emoemoji : woods

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Poetry paperback/digital edition, 188 pages, published by Edition Solitude, 2016. ISBN: 978-3-937158-92-1.

About emoemoji : woods

Much like it’s predecessor, Kings of the F**king Sea, Dan Boehl’s second collection, emoemoji : woods, feels both ancient and contemporary, mythic and ephemeral.

Documenting his time at Schloss Solitude, these terse poems—every line, just one word—unravel the anxiety and disorientation of living in an unfamiliar place and the comfort and freedom of living in that place among artists:

schulbus
waiting
on
schloss
tots

one
clear
view
from
the
government
castle
to
the
summer
one

we
live
here
now
but
where
do
flamingos
go
in
the
winter

By disturbing the nature-centered minimalism of Basho or Moritake with the contemporary urban conversationalism of O’Hara or Creeley, Boehl depicts how the present disturbs the past, how an American disturbs other cultures, and how an artist disturbs the world:

becks
bottle

deer
scat

patch
of
untouched
snow

some
impossible
stone
cross
nestled
below
the
road’s
muddy
slope

But instead of the path of least resistance-judgement-Boehl treats this with joyful inclusion:

bird
songs
and
yells
of
scooter
teens
just
going
bonkers

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